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New Faculty Position in Theoretical Physics. Click here for more details.


NSERC USRA applications for summer reserach are open and due Feb. 1st. Click here for more details.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Embark on one of the many exciting paths that Physics & Astronomy has to offer, with this comprehensive list of all our undergraduate programs




Explore the many research areas that our department has to offer from astrophysics to quantum optics and much more...

Chair's Message

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Physics Help

Physics Help

Physics Help

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Latest News

Dr. Raffi Schulman was awarded the 2018 Governor General’s Graduate Academic Medal

Monday, 3 December 2018

Dr. Raffi Schulman was awarded the 2018 Governor General’s Graduate Academic Medal for 2018 for the highest academic standing in his graduate degree program! The medal... Read more

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Theoretical High Energy Physics

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at McMaster University and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty... Read more

Doug Welch serves as science advisor to the film Clara which had it's world premiere at TIFF

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Director Akash Sherman's sci-fi drama Clara had it's world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is about an astronomer searching for life... Read more

John Cameron

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

We are sad to convey that John Cameron, an emeritus member of our department has died.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years... Read more

Mac alumna Donna Strickland shares 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Donna Strickland, a Professor of Physics at the University of Waterloo is one of three co-recipients of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics.  Donna is... Read more

Congratulations to Kari Dalnoki-Veress and his MesoMat team for winning First Prize at the 2018 LiON's LAIR Competition!

Monday, 1 October 2018

Dr. Kari Dalnoki-Veress' startup company MesoMat competed in the 2018 Lion's Lair Competetion and won First Prize! LiON's LAIR is an annual competition which brings together the entrepreneurship... Read more

Math, physics, French… and Buddhism? Mac student expands her horizons, thanks to a Renaissance Award

Friday, 3 August 2018

Cissy Suen missed her convocation this June, but she had a pretty good reason. She was travelling through Asia studying Buddhism, thanks to a unique... Read more

Carmen Lee receives Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Congratulations to Carmen Lee who just received a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The title of her research proposal is “Fluids on the nanoscale in... Read more

Dr. Fiona McNeill interviews Dr. Laura Parker on her CFMU radio show, Steministas

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Dr. Fiona McNeill hosts a CFMU radio show called Steministas where she interviews women scientists about their research. This week Dr. Laura Parker was her... Read more

Science on Tap

Monday, 16 July 2018

Join scientists from McMaster University’s Physics and Astronomy Department for an entertaining night filled with scientific discussion, trivia, and beer. At Science on Tap, you’ll... Read more

Graduate Students Highly Successful at Canada's Largest Physics Conference

Friday, 22 June 2018

Congratulations to our graduate students who were recognized for their excellent presentations at this year's Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Congress. The meeting began with... Read more

Dr. Bill Harris's Speech in Reception of his Honorary Degree

Monday, 18 June 2018

  Madame Chancellor, Mister President, honored guests and colleagues, graduands, and your parents, relatives, and friends: I’m very honored to be here, with all of the... Read more

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